President Obama has added a story about the first couple’s anniversary dinner to some of the speeches he’s given during a fundraising swing in California. The president and first lady celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Saturday at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where their waiter thanked Obama for saving his mother’s life.
Obama told the story at a fundraiser in San Francisco Monday night.
“I hope I’m not being obtrusive, but I just want you to know that you saved my mom’s life,” the president recalled his waiter saying at the end of the dinner. “And I said, well, of course I don’t mind, but what do you mean? And he said, well, my mother had a stroke. She didn’t yet qualify for Medicare. And because of the health care law, she was able to get insurance and can pay for her medications. And so I just want you to know that that meant a lot to me, and I hope you didn’t mind me saying that.”
“Every time I have a conversation like that, it reminds me that what we do is not sport,” Obama said.